Manhattan, in spite of its size, is a very walkable city. The roads are (mostly) laid out in a grid: "Avenues" run approximately North/South, and are either named or numbered; "Streets" run approximately East-West, and are (generally) numbered. Streets are designated "West" if they are west of 5th Avenue, and "East" if they are to the east of it. South of approximately 14th Street the strict grid begins to break down, and navigating is a bit more of a challenge.
Bus, Subway and Train
Public transportation in the city is run by the New York City Transit, part of The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
All parts of Manhattan are easily accessible by bus and subway.
For those adventurous souls who intend to make use of the NYC public transit system, some quick tips on MetroCards/fares:
- The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2.75 using a MetroCard.
- Cash can be used on buses – exact change only, no bills.
- A new card costs $1.00 but can be refilled at no extra cost.
- Reduced rates apply for MetroCards if you purchase multiple rides. However, purchasing only a single ride will cost $3.00.
- Reduced fares apply to people 65 years or older and those with qualifying disabilities.
Here is more detailed information on fares.
Here are pointers on navigating the NYC subway system.
New York's famous yellow taxicabs are another very useful option for getting around the city, particularly if you're traveling with a small group. Some information on the cab system in the city, including fare information:
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission provides this information to request demand-responsive wheelchair accessible service. Information is here:
If you plan to make use of car service (Uber/Lyft/Juno), be sure to have the appropriate app(s) downloaded.